We all have been waiting for the news that we can go sailing again. The good news is that leisure crafts are allowed to go out sailing again. The bad (or rather sad) news is that only people from the same household can sail together. In reality this means we all have to have a bit more patience before we can take you out on Pride of Mann III.
The latest update from our government can be found here
It is with much regret that Sailing for the Disabled has taken the decision to cancel our sailing programme and all planned social activities with immediate effect. We have a duty of care to all our members and in the current situation, following government and professional guidelines, we feel this is the most responsible action. Current restrictions would make it impossible for us to meet up or go sailing safely.
This is a testing and worrying time for all of us and doubtless there will be more changes which SFTD will adapt to accordingly, always with the best interests of our sailors at heart.
We will post updates here on this site when they arise and will endeavour to find ways of keeping in touch with as many of you as possible- ideas on a postcard please!
Our contact details remain unchanged if you wish to get in touch.
March 20th, 2020
Roy Limmer, who together with his wife Val, was one of our most ardent supporters and crew/carers during the 1990’s up till 2015, sadly passed away. There are many members who will remember sailing with him. He was a very kind and gentle man.
Roy was with us when the BBC filmed an episode of Coast here and used our boat for the opening sequence. Our members crewed her but they were not able to get the helicopter to do the aerial shots on the same day as the on board filming was done. When they did arrange for the aerial shots to be taken, Neil Oliver the presenter wasn’t available to come over, so they sent a wig and Roy, bless him, dressed up complete with wig as he was of a similar build and from the air looked just like him.
We all have very fond memories of him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
The latest Disability Awareness training took place last Sunday at ARC Learning and on the boat. The photos show us doing various practical exercises to try to understand certain types of disability better, and we had fun while learning lots!
The afternoon on the boat had us identifying risks/hazards- just about everything!- and Arne demonstrated the cabin lift and the new EVAC chair.
Thanks to ARC for a great day and to all of you who gave up their Sunday to attend.